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Reports: Cavaliers nearing trade to acquire Rajon Rondo from Lakers

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Rondo has played in just 18 games for the Lakers, averaging 3.1 points per game and shooting 32.4%, and the Lakers have been 10.1 points per 100 better when he is on the bench this season.

It has been an open secret the Lakers have been very happy with the play of 10-day contract player Stanley Johnson, but to keep him they needed to open up a roster spot. Technically the Lakers could release a player and just sign Johnson or Collison, but that would involve a severe luxury tax hit – because the Lakers are more than $20 million over the tax line, each dollar spent is really $3.75. To just waive a minimum-salary player and eat that money, paying the tax on that plus the new player coming in, would have cost the Lakers more than $10 million for that one move.

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